Man of a Thousand Faces

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James Cagney stars as horror film legend Lon Chaney in this biographical portrait. The son of deaf-mute parents, Chaney earns his first success on the vaudeville circuit, where he learns the creative make-up skills that later earn him the titular nickname.


James Cagney
as Lon Chaney
Dorothy Malone
as Cleva Creighton Chaney
Jane Greer
as Hazel Bennet
Jim Backus
as Clarence Logan
Robert Evans
as Irving Thalberg
Celia Lovsky
as Mrs. Chaney
Jeanne Cagney
as Carrie Chaney
Jack Albertson
as Dr. J. Wilson Shields
Roger Smith
as Creighton Chaney at Age 21
Robert Lyden
as Creighton Chaney at Age 13
Rickie Sorenson
as Creighton Chaney, age 8
Rickie Sorensen
as Creighton Chaney at Age 8
Dennis Rush
as Creighton Chaney at Age 4
Nolan Leary
as Pa Chaney
Simon Scott
as Carl Hastings
Danny Beck
as Max Dill
Philip Van Zandt
as George Loane Tucker
Hank Mann
as Comedy Waiter
'Snub' Pollard
as Comedy Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Man of a Thousand Faces

All Critics (5)

  • 'Man of a thousand faces' draws the figure of a myth, showing that you can get to the true essence of something, or someone, without being true to facts. [Full review in Spanish]

    Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Hollywoodized biopic not quite saved by Cagney.

    Oct 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Dorothy Malone plays Chaney's nutjob of a first wife with such fire that you practically want to get a restraining order in her yourself.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Man of a Thousand Faces

  • Nov 06, 2009
    The only thing I can think of is........WOW.What an awesome movie!!! It truly shows you what a GREAT actor Cagney is
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2008
    A compelling look at early Hollywood with an outstanding performance from Cagney.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2007
    cagney is great in this
    jay n Super Reviewer

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